South African Nursing Council (SANC)

Area: Arcadia, Pretoria
Region: Gauteng
Physical Address: 602 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
Postal Address: PO Box 1123, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)12 420 1000
Fax: +27 (0)12 343 5400

South African Nursing Council (SANC)

The South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa. It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, No. 45 of 1944, and currently by the Nursing Act, No. 50 of 1978 as amended.

Setting and Monitoring of Standards
In terms of Section 3 of the Nursing Act, the Council controls all matters concerning nursing education and training. Section 4 of the Nursing Act makes provision for the approval and monitoring of nursing schools, the conduct of examinations and the issuing of diplomas and certificates. Section 45(1)(i) of the Nursing Act provides for the making of training regulations. These regulations apply to the standard setting for the training leading to registration as nurse or midwife, for registration of additional qualifications, and for enrolment as a nurse or nursing auxiliary.

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